1st Edition

A Concise Guide to Continuity of Care in Midwifery

Edited By Ellen Kitson-Reynolds, Kate Ashforth Copyright 2022
    196 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Continuity of care in midwifery – the most traditional way of practising – has been overlooked for much of the last century but is re-emerging as an evidence-based model of care, one which is known to benefit women. This book is a vital companion to students and qualified midwives as continuity of care is integrated into midwifery education and services.

    A practical, easy-to-read guide to practising caseload midwifery, this book outlines the contemporary political and professional context for midwifery care, different models of care, and the evidence and outcomes associated with continuity of carer. It discusses the real-life concerns, challenges and opportunities of working closely with women throughout their pregnancy and birth, covering key issues such as risk assessment, consent, boundaries, time management, documentation, communication, burnout and decision-making. Supporting the development of midwives from students to newly qualified professionals and beyond, it ends with a chapter containing a range of resources for reference, including helpful tools and worksheets.

    Including vignettes from students, qualified midwives, and women and their partners, this book is designed for anyone new to practising midwifery continuity of care.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Ellen Kitson-Reynolds

    Chapter 2: Case load held practice and the national and international political/professional context

    Maggie O'Brien

    Chapter 3 Evidence base on case load held practice and outcomes

    Lesley Turner and Marie Naish

    Chapter 4: Practicalities – student experiences of case load held

    Kitson-Reynolds and Kate Ashforth

    Chapter 5: Considerations for practice supervisors, practice assessors and academic assessors

    Marie Naish

    Chapter 6: The emotional aspects of continuity of carer

    Kate Ashforth and Emer Kelly

    Chapter 7: Case load held experience lifelong learning and professional development

    Emer Kelly, Kate Ashforth, Ellen Kitson-Reynolds with Lesley Turner

    Chapter 8: Final project and Quality monitoring

    Ellen Kitson-Reynolds and Kate Ashforth

    Chapter 9: Transition from student to newly qualified midwife

    Ellen Kitson-Reynolds and Kate Ashforth

    Chapter 10: Resources


    Ellen Kitson-Reynolds is a Principal Teaching Fellow and Midwifery Programme Lead at the University of Southampton, UK. She is also a Post-doctoral Clinical Academic Midwife and Professional Midwifery Advocate linked to the Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton.

    Kate Ashforth is a clinical midwife working in a midwifery led pathway team for the University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.